Col. Howard E. Selheimer
Colonel Howard “Howie” E. Selheimer, U.S. Air Force, Retired, of Schertz, TX passed away April 10, 2005. Howard was born to George and Jane Selheimer in Chester, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1941. He graduated from Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University) with a degree in civil engineering. After a brief stint in the U.S. Parks Service, he began his 28 year Air Force career in 1963 as an airman and was commissioned after Officer Training School in 1964. Later, he earned a Masters’ degree in Astronautics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. From missiles to weaponry research, the career he chose was distinguished and encompassed exciting challenges, but the memories he treasured most were those with the people of the civil engineering squadrons where he served and commanded. Assignment locations included: Walker AFB, Roswell NM, Vietnam, Kirtland AFB, NM, University of Missouri at Rolla, Iceland, Langley AFB, VA, RAF Upper Heyford, UK, Lackland AFB, TX, Randolph AFB, TX and Sheppard AFB, TX. His decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Joint Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit award with five oak leaf clusters, AF Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. His legendary quick wit was excelled only by his passion for sports, particularly golf, where he achieved the ultimate “hole in one.” He will be profoundly missed by his friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Selheimer of Schertz; son, Scott Selheimer of Denver, CO; step-sons, Matthew Spencer & wife, Angel of San Antonio and Shawn Spencer & wife, Pat of Crestview, FL; sister, Nancy Crossman & husband, Dave of Brookhaven, PA and grandchildren, Preston and Jerrid Selheimer; Kathryn, Christopher, Emily & Megan Spencer.
Funeral Services will be held at 9:15 AM on Friday, April 15, 2005 at Schertz Funeral Home. Interment, with full military honors, will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013-5792. Arrangements are with Schertz Funeral Home, 2217 FM 3009, Schertz, Texas 78154 (210) 658-9224.